Danny fizzles in the Caribbean

Hurricane Danny, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, fizzled over the Caribbean Monday morning.

At 11 a.m., National Hurricane Center forecasters reported that a hurricane hunter plane sent to investigate the storm found winds had died down to 30 mph as the storm moved past Guadalupe at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles.

Forecasters expect the trough to continue moving west about 12 mph, before falling apart in the next couple of days.

A compact and fickle storm, Danny formed 1,600 miles east of the Windward Islands last week and within three days, strengthened to a Category 3 storm before weakening back to a depression.

Danny could still bring some much-needed rain to parts of the Caribbean gripped by drought. Forecasters say the Leeward Islands, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic could see two to four inches of rain through Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, another system is brewing about 1,250 east of the Lesser Antilles. If conditions persist, forecasters predict the system will become a tropical depression later Monday.

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